By Aakash Chaudhry, , Director, Aakash Institute
“There is nothing impossible to him who will try,” said military legend, Alexander the Great.The legend was determined and focused to rule the world someday, and, he did so by managing to bring a considerable part of it under his domain. The 2017 JEE Main aspirants must follow his footsteps with similar determination.With just a few months left for the entrance exam, Class XII students may have already begun to burn the midnight oil. At present, 40% weightage is given to ClassXII marks and 60% to JEE Main scores. While it isn’t easy to memorize and grasp all the lessons in a short span of time, cracking the competitive exam with a well-planned strategy isvnot an unattainable feat.
With just a month in hand, students are required to devise a strong action plan to crack JEE Main. However, only students who manage to achieve the required cut off in JEE Main are eligible for the next level JEE Advanced exam. It is a challenge to excel in both the exams and students may find it difficult or may get demotivated to fulfill the expectations. To overcome this problem, they need to chart out an efficient timetable and come up with carefully-planned strategies that can help them sail through the exams smoothly. Here is a list of strategies that can be followed while preparing for the competitive exam in a month:
Practice thoroughly from NCERT textbooks: NCERT textbooks are a great resource and aspirants preparing for their JEE Main should study from these textbooks thoroughly. NCERT books not only cover the fundamentals but also play an important role in the preparation of the competitive exam. In order to solve most of the questions in the JEE Main paper, a strong knowledge of the basics is required, which can be gained from the NCERT textbooks.
Solve mock tests regularly: Only learning from NCERT books may not be sufficient to crack the entrance exam. Practice as many multiple choice questions as you can. Solve JEE Main sample papers to get a grasp on the pattern of questions. Solving mock papers will improve your confidence level and help you to concentrate better on weaker segments.
Do not waste time in learning new concepts: Although every topic and chapter is crucial to crack the exam, do not waste time in learning new topics or engaging in complex lessons in a short span of time. Instead, devote time to strengthening the already learnt topics and to attempting mock papers. Identify your mistakes and learn to correct them through practice.
Subject-wise preparation: Make notes for every subject and list down important points that will help you in your revision later.
Mathematics: NCERT textbook revision is a must. Ensure you practice all questions from the textbook and if you are left with more time, pick up a couple of MCQ-based books for additional preparation. Sequence and Series, Probability, Circles and Family of Circles, Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Matrices, Parabola, Quadratic equations and expressions, Hyperbola in coordinate geometry; Continuity and Differentiability, Limits, Application of derivatives and Definite integral in calculus are some of the important chapters that needreconsideration during revision.
Physics: Jot down important points and formulae of every chapter in a separate book. Solve as many questions from mock papers and keep the revision book handy. Important topics are Dimensional Analysis, Current Electricity and Heat Transfer, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Thermodynamics and Rotational Dynamics, Geometrical Optics, Waves and Sound and Electromagnetic Induction.
Chemistry: For Chemistry, the NCERT textbook is highly recommended by teachers, as it is well framed for a detailed understanding of all the topics. Attempt all questions in the textbook and then move on to reference books for additional preparation.Important topics in Chemistry are Redox reactions, Thermodynamics, Chemical equilibrium, Carbonyl Compounds, Chemical bonding, Mole concept and the concept of equivalents, Electrochemistry.
Follow a fixed routine for one month: With just a month left for JEE Main, it is essential for a student to follow a fixed routine for the next 30 days. Make it a practice to wake up early in the morning and sleep early in the night. Prepare a timetable and devote equal amount of time for all the subjects. Sleep for at least 6-7 hours a day for a refreshed mind and body. Try and practice meditation and breathing exercises during free time. Do not skip meals, eat right and drink plenty of water to keep your body nourished and energized.
Take timely breaks: While you have prepared your timetable of studying continuously for 8-10 hours, ensure that it includes breaks as per your convenience to get a breather. Your mind needs to remain calm and poised. This will help you to concentrate better and keep stress at bay.